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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1977-04-22

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Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on 1977-04-22

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Promised Land, Mississippi Half Step, Looks Like Rain, Deal, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Estimated Prophet, Peggy-O, Playin' In The Band Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Samson & Delilah, It Must Have Been The Roses, Dancin' In The Streets-> I Got My Mojo Workin-> Dancin' In The Streets-> The Wheel-> Terrapin Station

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue The Spectrum
Location Philadelphia, PA

Source Soundboard and Audience
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Multiple sources; AUD>MC>D>CD; SBD>MR>D>CD; SBD>MR>?>CD; See info file for details; via Matt Vernon, Raoul Duke, & Jools; Seeded to etree by J. Cotsman


Reviewer: Miss n Jerry - - July 26, 2013
Subject: Rockin' at Work
Just read the reviews while starting off the set!! Can't wait to rock to the whole thing while working on the Friday morning in So Cal!!!
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 11, 2009
Subject: Trying to Decide...
...the best part of this incredible Spring '77 show. It's got to one of the following: (1) the sick, stand-alone (and long) Playin' to close the first set; (2) Scarlet>Fire (especially the "Fire" portion of the transition and Fire proper); or (3) Dancin' > Mojo > Dancin'. I give up since they are individually and collectively awesome. So many other great renditions as well, including Peggy-O, Ten Jed, Estimated, Roses and Terrapin. This one is a true Jerry-fest!!
Reviewer: jimmyphuckifiknow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 10, 2009
Subject: Scarlet>Fire
Was this the fist time they were played in this sequence?
Reviewer: crypticalother1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2007
Subject: roses
Very nice show, excellent roses...
Reviewer: captain america 1941 - - May 17, 2007
Subject: terrapin what?
first show after high school with a high school friend i rarely saw anymore. ate some crummy acid that kept things just weird enough throughout the show.
our first listen to terrapin "what the fuck is this?!" with garcia rocking out, actually moving around and getting down, DOWN like almost to his knees. then...
house lights up.
no encore.
"what the fuck was that?!"
Reviewer: iriedancer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 19, 2006
Subject: Sweet Jesus!
What a killer Estimated. I think this may be my favorite version of it ever!
Reviewer: 758 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2005
Subject: 4 Sound 5 Show....AN UPDATE...Five stars sound/show
MY REVIEW BELOW IS RELEVANT EXCEPT FOR THE FACT THAT A COMPLETE SOUNDBOARD IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THIS SITE. SCROLL DOWN TO THE LAST PHILLY ENTRY FOR THE SOUNDBOARD VERSION OF THIS SHOW. An excellent show. It was the first concert in what must be known as the best East Coast tour of the post-retirement version of the Dead. All of that precise playing and energy of the March Winterland run a month before continue in this show: the still sweet Jerry vocals and much varied guitar work/sound, a lively Keith, and a prominant Phil all held together by Phil and Micky at their best (of course, Donna and Bob are no slouches either). Fine as almost every show was all the way through June 9, it is true what many Heads have noted through the years--that some of these shows were technically perfect but just not incredibly interesting, with repeated setlists and similar approaches to the extended medlies. This Philadelphia show was certainly VERY interesting (as was the next, great show in Springfield). Just one of those nights where the familiar sounded new. Take the 21 minute Playing. Post 1974, I find that usually Playing should have been called Meandering in the Band. Not this one; it brought me back to 1972 with it's speed and intensity. Cool Keith sounds, a great Jerry crescendo at the ten minute mark, and a triumphant ending (enhanced by the audience recording, which is fine except for some chatter doing the quiet parts; indeed if the Playing was a soundboard, Heads would surely rank it very high on the list). The soundboard acceptably covers set 2 with the exception of Roses (excellent by the way...has a solo which was lacking pre-retirement). Look out for the second ever Fire...very bouncy and different than any other I've heard; no lyrics until the fourth minute. And the Dancin' through Terrapin is intense with those dancing beats bouncing away into a stately transition to a Wheel and then a powerful show closing Terrapin. The fun part about the audience portion is to experience the energy of the band in '77 from the audience perspective. And on this night the band was as good as they would ever be in that pinnacle year of 1977.
Reviewer: hjl1450 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2005
Subject: The Old Spectrum
Great Scarlet>Fire, the guitar and harpsicord notes just rock and sway in a manner unusual for even 77-78; but the kicker is Peggy-O when Keith lays down some solo bass notes on piano near the closing refrain, second to last one I believe in an extrodinary display of classic ballad playing that shows how gentle he really was.

Of course the Half Step rocks with the Philly audience chanting along in the old house where the acoustics are as fine as any indoor arena. Long live the Spectrum Shows and this one is for Mike and Phil 'cause you know who you are....
Reviewer: shallwego - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 18, 2005
Subject: new SBD is a corker
Killer show. Not sure why the SBD isn't listed here. Too new, perhaps...
Reviewer: f@!^yeah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2005
Subject: Very Cool
Certainly is nice to hear Jerry jam in this show's Fire. Very cool. Thanks Jer.
Reviewer: zarah'sdad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2004
Subject: Let me tell you how good this show is
This is a must must have. The crowd is so into it and wild and crazy I felt like I was right there. The yelling the screaming...the crowd signs half step for Jerry. Kinda cool to hear a gap in the lyrics filled by the crowd (and not because Jerry forgot the words.)

Every song is fantastic. I just about lost it at the end of Playing, just way too fantastic. Solid show all the way through.

Sound somewhat less than desireable, but you forget about it quickly enough. Get this one!
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2004
Subject: Sound quality and splicing little dodgy however....
This is a smoking hot show and cannot believe no one else has reviewed this... half step one of the best ten jed playin - long really trippy with a great loop back around and triumphant close and this is the first set !!! Second set is really really hot with a close of terrapin - crowd is really into it and sound not all that bad if this were a mint board it gets a 5....
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